Cartoon Barn Owl Competition


The prestigious annual Rose D'Or Awards (now in their 55th year) honour the very best of international radio, TV and online entertainment programmes, and the awards ceremony took place last night (Tuesday, September 13th 2016).  Over 400 programmes from more than 130 broadcasters and production companies in 33 different countries were submitted for this year’s Rose d’Or awards.  For the first time, a new competition category, 'Radio Event Of The Year' was created.  We entered European Dawn Chorus in this category, and we're absolutely delighted to let you know drumroll... WE WON!!! We're absolutely thrilled to pieces, and a massive thanks to all our EBU and BirdLife International partners, we couldn't have done it without you!  Click here to read more about the 2016 Rose D'Or awards (in which legendary funnyman John Cleese picked up the Lifetime Achievement award), and click here to relive - and re-listen to - all the beautiful Dawn Chorus birdsong from right across Europe.

***STOP PRESS*** Dawn Chorus Picks Up Another Award!

We're thrilled to let you know that on Friday, October 7th, the Dawn Chorus won the Innovation Award at the PPI Radio Awards in Kilkenny!

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Ever thought you could learn to draw by listenening to the radio? Well grab a pencil and paper, and get set to have some fun as Don Conroy teaches you how to draw a cartoon barn owl!

- Scan in your picture and e-mail it to
- Post in your picture to Mooney, RTÉ Radio Centre, Donnybrook, Dublin
- Take a photo of your picture on your phone or camera, and e-mail it to

Please get your pictures scanned, sent or e-mailed to us by the end of this Friday, August 9th. Don will have a look at them all, and we'll have a prize for the best!

Here are the cartoon barn owls drawn by Don, Derek and Mary Kingston!

Cartoon Barn Owl by Don Conroy

Cartoon Barn Owl by Derek Mooney

Cartoon Barn Owl by Mary Kingston



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